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Sexualities: Practices: Central Asia (Harris)
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“Please tell us about women's erogenous zones?” begged a group of middle-aged schoolteachers. The ignorance that prompted this question is typical of former Soviet republics owing to the taboo on discussing sexual issues. Before the Russian Revolution boys were given sex education (Pahlen 1964) but Soviet puritanism ended this. Today, men get their information from (often violent) pornography. Women report that after watching such movies their husbands want to try out new positions, as well as o…

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Harris, Colette, “Sexualities: Practices: Central Asia (Harris)”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 20 September 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0199c>
First published online: 2009



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